Division of Services for the Blind

Website & Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Information

American Council of the Blind Scholarship Information
Lighthouse Guild Scholarships
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Information
Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship
Addiction Resources Scholarship Essay Contest

Websites

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American Association of People with Disabilities
Organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially

American Council of the Blind
This site provides general information about the American Council of the Blind, a blindness consumer group.

American Foundation for the Blind
Description: AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

The American Printing House for the Blind
A nonprofit organization creating an educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Provides technical assistance to businesses, non-profit service providers, state and local governments, people with disabilities, and the general public.

AR Careers
The official employment of the State of Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
Enabling the Arkansas workforce to compete in the global economy by linking a comprehensive array of services for employers and job seekers.

Arkansas Educational Television Network
Offers lifelong learning opportunities to all Arkansans, supplies instructional programs to Arkansas’ schools, provides programming and services to improve and enhance the lives of Arkansas’ citizens, and to illuminates the culture and heritage of Arkansas and the world.

Arkansas JobLink
A resource to find employment in Arkansas. Search for jobs, create an online resume, and receive email notifications on new job postings.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Provides resources for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, through a field program and the Arkansas Career Training Institute.

Arkansas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Offers statewide quality educational programs and resources to students who are blind or visually impaired, birth through twenty-one, enabling them to become productive, self-sufficient citizens through the involvement of all students, staff, parents, and the community.

Arkansas State Legislature
Information about the Arkansas State Legislature, including bills, acts, and elected legislators.

Arkansas State University Office of Disability Services
Four-year college disability services office

Arkansas Tech University Disability Services
Four-year college disability services office

Arkansas Workforce Centers
Provides locally developed and operated services linking employers and job seekers through a statewide delivery system.

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The Blinded Veterans Association
An organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we hope to make life better for blinded veterans.

Braille Institute of America
Offers a variety of free programs, classes, and services at five Regional Centers and 220 Community Outreach locations throughout Southern California.

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Coping with Stress and Burnout
Burnout symptoms, ways to manage stress, tips to alleviate fatigue, respite care options, and resources.

Caregiver Support and Resources
Taking care of yourself as a caregiver, caring for an older family member, Alzheimer’s or Dementia, how to get paid for taking care of a loved one, and resources.

Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
A multidisciplinary engineering and design research center dedicated to enhancing the health, activity, and participation of people with functional limitations through the application of assistive and universally designed technologies in real-world environments, products, and devices.

Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange
Facilitates the sharing of information between rehabilitation researchers in the U.S. and in other countries. Provides information to the public on the shared research collected.

College Consensus
Navigating college with visual impairments. This site also provides information on colleges and college life.

Community Transportation Association of America
Provides information about transportation in America, including public and community transportation.

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Department of Transportation
Federal Department that oversees public transportation and accessibility issues involved.

Disability Info
Provides resources in education, technology, civil rights, housing, and more, for those with disabilities.

Disability Rights Arkansas
The independent rights protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Arkansas.

Disability Rights in Housing
States the rights of people with disabilities in regard to housing.

Disabled People’s International Homepage
A network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity, and development.

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Eye Dog Foundation for the Blind
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness
Drives the research that will provide preventions, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Freedom Guide Dogs
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

Guide Dogs of America
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

Guide Dogs of Texas
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and blindness service providers.

Helen Keller National Center
Helping people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to develop independence and to participate actively and fully in their communities.

Henderson State University Disability Resource Center
Four-year college disability services office

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IFB Solutions
IFB Little Rock facility employs, trains, and delivers services to more than 70 people who are blind or visually impaired.

ILRU Directory of Centers & SILCs
Arkansas Directory of Statewide Independent Living Councils

Increasing Capabilities Access Network – iCAN
Offers a number of services to help Arkansans of all ages find the assistive technology they need for home, school, work, and getting around in the community.

International Association of Audio Information Services
A volunteer-driven membership organization of services that turns text into speech for people who cannot see, hold or comprehend the printed word and who may be unable to access information due to a disability or health condition.

International Council on English Braille
Coordinates and improves standards for braille usage for all English-speaking users of braille.

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Job Accommodation Network
Helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

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KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc.
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Leader Dogs for the Blind
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

Learning Ally
Collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices.

Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
Arkansas citizens unable to use regular print material may borrow popular books and magazines in recorded or Braille format free of charge.

Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
A free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Lighthouse Guild
The Lighthouse Guild provides vision plus healthcare services for people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. The Lighthouse Guild was officially formed in December 2013 when the Jewish Guild Healthcare and Lighthouse International merged, drawing on more than 200 years of combined service.

Little Rock Community Development Division
A list of housing and community development programs in Little Rock.

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Mainstream Center for Independent Living
Offering peer support, training and education, pre-employment services, and more for people with disabilities.

A Guide to Medicare Benefits
Medicare benefits, eligibility, enrollment, coverage, and resources by state.

Medicare Plans Eligibility
Medicare eligibility for people with disabilities. Compare your Medicare options as a person with a disability.

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National Braille Press
Printing and publishing house promoting and providing resources in braille.

National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education
Promotes the use of electronic and information technology for students and employees with disabilities in educational institutions at all academic levels.

National Federation of the Blind
Improves the lives of people who are blind through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

National Federation of the Blind – Newsline
Enables consumers who are blind and severely visually impaired to independently access over 300 newspapers and magazines over a standard touch-tone telephone, through the Internet, or by download to a digital talking-book player or mp3-playing device.

National Industries for the Blind
Enhances the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment.

National Organization on Disability
This organization researches, develops, and demonstrates creative approaches to disability employment issues.

National Rehabilitation Information Center
Disability and rehabilitation-oriented information organized in a variety of formats designed to make it easy for users to find and use.

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Office of Disability Employment Policy
Information regarding federal employment policies for people with disabilities.

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Pilot Dogs
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Social Security
Official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

Southern Arkansas University Disability Support Services
Four-year college disability services office

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Tech Connections
Description of the various types of internet connections available.

The Seeing Eye
This organization provides trained guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision.

Through The Looking Glass
A nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent, or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.

Ticket to Work – Employment support for people with disabilities
Provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services.

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U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
Enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity.

U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Justice
Administers justice by developing and implementing policy and programs, and providing guidance.

United States Access Board
An independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

United States Office of Personnel Management Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
Helps users with or without disabilities, better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities.

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Disability Services Office
Four-year college disability services office

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Disability Support Services
Collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments. The DRC also promotes and facilitates awareness and access through training, partnerships, innovative programs, and accommodations.

University of Arkansas at Monticello, Student Special Services
Four-year college disability services office

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Disability Services Office
Four-year college disability services office

University of Arkansas Fayetteville Center for Educational Access
Four-year college disability services office

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Disability Accommodations
Four-year college disability services office

USA Jobs
USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit
A federal tax credit incentive that Congress provides to private-sector businesses for hiring individuals from twelve target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

World Blind Union
The World Blind Union (WBU) is a global organization representing an estimated 285 million people worldwide who are blind or partially sighted. Members are organizations of and for the blind in 190 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment.

World Services for the Blind 
Provides vocational training for people who are blind and visually impaired utilizing assistive technology.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FROM THE ARKANSAS DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES​

Are you hiring?

Send us your job orders! We will post your jobs on Arkansas JobLink, our free online job board. Then we'll work to find candidates that meet your qualifications and send them your way. We can also help you meet qualified candidates at hiring events and job fairs tailored to your company’s needs; we can come to you or host the event at one of our many office locations! Contact your local business services coordinator to learn more!

Looking for a job?

Visit Arkansas JobLink and set up your job-seeker account to create and post resumes, search for jobs and training opportunities, receive notifications when certain jobs are posted, and learn about upcoming hiring events!

Whether you are unemployed and searching for work, or looking to increase your skillset to further your career, we can help. Visit an Arkansas Workforce Center to meet with a career counselor, get help with job search and applications, learn about training opportunities, get certified as "work-ready", and more. We can provide services and connect you to resources that will help you achieve your employment and career goals.

Request a Mobile Workforce Center

The Division of Workforce Services operates five Mobile Workforce Center RVs and two mini Mobile Workforce Centers. Click here to request one for your next event or anytime you need DWS services onsite.

Unemployment claims

To file an unemployment claim, please visit EZARC.ADWS.Arkansas.gov. Questions about unemployment insurance claims may be directed to the UI Hotline: 1-844-908-2178.

ADWS provides interpretation and translation services, at no cost, for clients who need assistance in accessing and participating in available services and programs. To request an interpreter or translator, please contact your nearest local office. 

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ADWS proporciona servicios de interpretación y traducción, sin costo alguno, para clientes que necesitan asistencia accediendo y participando en servicios y programas disponibles. Para solicitar un intérprete o traductor, por favor póngase en contacto con su oficina local más cercana.

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